BRINGING IN THE NEW YEAR by Grace Lin

BRINGING IN THE NEW YEAR

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

“Is the New Year coming?” One girl waits with bated breath in this child’s-eye view of the Chinese celebration. Each member of her family has a role to play, from sweeping the old year from the house and hanging the spring-happiness poems, to making get-rich dumplings and getting a haircut. Eventually, the girl dons her qi pao dress for a delicious feast. She listens to firecrackers in anticipation, but it’s still not time for the New Year to arrive. A parade of lions appears to scare away bad luck from the previous year, and children carry lanterns to light the way. At last, thanks to Auntie, a dragon awakens and unfurls in a striking three-page spread, ushering in the New Year in a satisfying conclusion. Simple, energetic language and colorful, appealing art make this a perfect introduction to the holiday, particularly for young children. Includes a note on some of the traditions and symbols surrounding the festivities and endpapers illustrating many of the accoutrements. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-375-83745-6
Page count: 34pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2007




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